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Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

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A series of zig-zag marks on a human bone found in a UK cave is evidence of a cannibalistic ritual that took place some 12-17,000 years ago.Scientists have long recognised that cannibals operated at Gough’s Cave in Somerset, but were unsure whether the practice of eating other people had any symbolic significance.Reporting in the journal Plos One, researchers say the unusual cuts on a forearm bone are deliberate.They are not simple butchery markings.Nor are they teeth marks.What is more, the zig-zags appear to match designs used on other engraved objects from the same time period."The engraved motif on the Gough's Cave bone is similar to engravings observed in other Magdalenian European sites," said Silvia Bello from London’s Natural History Museum."However, what is exceptional in this cas